What Have You Learnt About Your Wellbeing?

What Have You Learnt About Your Wellbeing?

As we all emerge from Lockdown, this presents us with an opportunity to reflect on what we have learned over several months of challenges.  Remembering of course that challenges are key to growth.

Lockdown was a kind of deprivation, as each of us found we had less access to things that we loved.  For some it was people… family, friends and the comradeship of the workplace.  For others it was financial and many many families and young people found themselves underemployed and unable to work. Many small businesses suffered.  But many adapted too – some even innovated and thrived.

In fact,  we all adapted to a degree in these times.  We all learned something about ourselves – things we didn’t think we were capable of, new things we enjoyed and perhaps just how resourceful we are.

One thing I think we can all agree on, was the need to be conscious of our own wellbeing.  When faced with challenge, we realise that Mental Health is something we all have to work on – we can’t just take it for granted.

Without many of the practices we commonly undertake that have a positive but unconscious impact on our wellbeing, we had to seek out new ones more consciously – and actively consider what would help us maintain optimism and balance.

What did you learn about yourself and how to monitor and maintain your wellbeing?  I learned things like:

  • Nature and exercise have the power to dramatically improve my mood. A walk in the park in the sunshine is a great thing to do when I am feeling down
  • Quiet is such an important part of my life – and I need to actively create opportunities to sit quietly. I’ve always made time to read a book – but now I have also started a meditation practice. Quiet is a tool I can use to slow down a busy world.
  • Too much social media and news can be harmful and exhausting – I have a better sense now of when and why to switch off.
  • We shouldn’t be afraid of boredom – sometimes we need to be bored to think to come up with our most creative ideas
  • Gratitude has the power to transform every situation – and teaching young people to look for things to be grateful for amidst every difficulty is powerful, purposeful and protective.

These things give me key information in how to be proactive about ensuring a sense of wellbeing, and is inspiring some new work in our Pastoral Care programs.  As you know, we are already partnering with Skodel to help students across both schools monitor their wellbeing – and these observations from COVID will look to deepen that partnership further.

If we can all be very conscious of factors preserving and deepening our wellbeing – how much better off might we be as individuals in the long term?  Worth considering.

 

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